Transocean Inc. Announces Second Sedco 700-Series Upgrade Following Commitment from Chevron
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 2005--Transocean Inc. (NYSE:RIG) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) for the upgrade of one of Transocean's Sedco 700-series semisubmersible rigs. Under the terms of the drilling contract, Chevron will contract the rig over a primary term of three years, but has the right to convert the contract term to five years. Revenues could total approximately $385 million over the three-year primary term or approximately $550 million should the contract be converted to a five-year term. Estimated revenues exclude revenues for mobilization, demobilization and client reimburseables.
The Sedco 700-series unit upgrade is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2007 at a shipyard yet to be determined. The cost of the upgrade is estimated to be $300 million and includes dynamic positioning station keeping and water-depth drilling capability up to a maximum of 6,500 feet.
The rig is expected to complete necessary shipyard work by the first quarter of 2008 and then mobilize to its initial drilling location where it will commence operations on Chevron's Frade project offshore Brazil after rig commissioning and customer acceptance. Chevron reserves the right to terminate the contract should the shipyard work not be completed by December 31, 2008.
The contract is the second Sedco 700-series upgrade announced by Transocean in the last month. Once completed, the two upgraded Sedco 700-series units will increase the company's High-Specification Floaters fleet to 34 units, with 30 of the units capable of operating in water depths of 4,500 feet and greater.
Statements regarding contract duration, operational commencement date, revenues, upgrade costs, shipyard commencement and completion, technical specifications, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include but are not limited to operating hazards and delays, actions by customers and other third parties, the future price of oil and gas, the actual revenues earned and other factors detailed in the company's most recent Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available free of charge on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated.
Transocean Inc. is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor with a fleet of 92 mobile offshore drilling units. The company's mobile offshore drilling fleet, consisting of a large number of high-specification deepwater and harsh environment drilling units, is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business. The company's fleet consists of 32 High-Specification Floaters (semisubmersibles and drillships), 24 Other Floaters, 25 Jackup Rigs and other assets utilized in the support of offshore drilling activities worldwide. With a current equity market capitalization in excess of $20 billion, Transocean Inc.'s ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RIG."
CONTACT: Transocean Inc., Houston Analyst Contact: Jeffrey L. Chastain, 713-232-7551 or Media Contact: Guy A. Cantwell, 713-232-7647 SOURCE: Transocean Inc.